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retrospective film review: saboteur

Sunday 04 March 2012

Saboteur (1942) directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane, Otto Kruger and Norman Lloyd

Saboteur is not one of Hitchcock’s most famous films. It is the 5th film he made in America, under a contract with David O. Selznick, and at a time when Hitchcock had lived in America for a little over two years.

Essentially, Saboteur is a remake of his 1935 British production The 39 Steps. The plot follows the same formula: Barry Kate (Cummings) is a factory worker who is wrongly accused of sabotage. Escaping custody, he begins a journey across America to clear his name and uncover a ring of international buy viagra dapoxetine online Saboteurs, picking up a young woman called Pat (Priscilla Lane) along the way, and dragging her with him cross-country.

In contrast, however, to The 39 Steps, Saboteur is full of rousing patriotic speeches which are slightly amusing and absolutely fascinating to watch. There are other forces at work here, behind the Brit director, and you might call Saboteur one of the most stylish propaganda films ever made.

Regardless, it’s an enthralling watch with a breathtaking climax at the Statue of Liberty that remains one of the most impressive stand-offs in cinema.